HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA-The Hampden-Sydney baseball Tigers won both games on opening weekend, taking a 4-2 victory over the Eagles of the University of Mary Washington after a 5-3 win over Ferrum on Saturday. Freshman Zach Whitaker (Roanoke, VA/Patrick Henry) recorded the win after pitching three and two thirds scoreless innings of relief in his collegiate debut.
Junior lefty Luke Rabiej (Alexandria, VA/Bishop Ireton) started for the Tigers, pitching five and one third innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits. Rabiej struck out eight batters while not allowing a walk.
For the Eagles, Torey Mancari allowed one run on three hits in five innings, and Matt Abramson picked up the loss after allowing three runs on three hits in the last three innings.
The Tigers hit the board early as freshman Christian Hamlett (Midlothian, VA/Cosby) scored the first run of the game. Hamlett doubled, stole third, and then scored on an Erick Herrmann (Glen Allen, VA/Deep Run) RBI single.
Mary Washington tied the game in the fifth and took a 2-1 lead in the sixth.
The Tigers responded in the bottom of the sixth, however, to take its final lead. Hamlett and Patrick Kuhns (Stafford, VA/North Stafford) both got on base via a single and hit by pitch, respectively. After they advanced on a balk, Hamlett scored on a wild pitch, and Kuhns scored on a Beau Flinchum (Mechanicsville, VA/Hanover) RBI single.
Herrmann then scored the final run of the day as Christian Clifton (Danville, VA/George Washington) batted him in.
Hamlett had a team-high two hits and two runs in four at bats. As a team, Hampden-Sydney recorded six hits in 29 at bats, and Mary Washington was 7-for-32 at the plate.
Hampden-Sydney returns to action Thursday, February 9th, as it travels to Newport News, Virginia to face the Captains of Christopher Newport University. The first pitch is set to be thrown at 3:00 pm.